Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Burial will take place at Willow Creek Cemetery in Royal.
Mrs. Swanson passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Ruthven Care Center, in Ruthven.
Mildred Loretta Swanson, the daughter of Christian and Martha Hjelm Toft, was born Aug. 13, 1918, in rural Royal, Ia. Her childhood years were spent in the Royal area and she received her early education in Royal country school and graduated. Following her graduation, Mildred attended Beauty School in Omaha.
On Feb. 2, 1941, Mildred married Myron "Turp" Swanson in Royal. They farmed in the Royal area for 20 years before moving to town in 1965. For several years, Turp and Mildred owned and operated the Prime Rib in Royal, where Mildred was known for the salads she made. Mildred was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. In her spare time, Mildred enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. She also found great enjoyment in caring for others and sending the perfect cards on special occasions. Mildred's greatest love was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Turp on Jan. 6, 1994; her daughter, Karen; sister, Marion Dumbkrieger; her brother, Ralph Toft; brother-in-law, Duane Swanson; and sister-in-law, Leola Toft
Mildred is survived by her son and his wife, Allen and Linda Swanson of Royal; her son-in-law, Mike Cusack of Minneapolis, Minn.; one grandson and his wife, Chris and Lisa Swanson; one granddaughter and her husband, Pamela and Tom Hanson; seven grandchildren: Brandon, Allie, Collin and Kal Swanson, Austin, Cassidy and Jake Hanson; her sister-in-law, Fern Toft of Okoboji, Ia.; other relatives and friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.